Solving the Code - Resources for Mysteries as Entertainment
The mystery genre is one of the most popular among mass audiences, be it in books or on the big screen. Unlike other main genres, mystery uses elements of suspense and puzzle to focus on solving a key issue. In most mysteries, this main issue tends to be a crime or an unexplained event. Mystery can sometimes overlap with other genres, such as action/adventure, or comedy. Read on to learn about some great mystery novels, authors, television shows, films, and even real life entertainment!
- Swedish Mystery Authors – The mystery genre in Sweden is so popular that it has also found a strong readership in the rest of the world.
- Female Mystery Writers (PDF) – Learn about some of the top female authors in the mystery genre.
- Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective in Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous works, is a household name when it comes to mysteries.
- Agatha Christie – Agatha Christie is still such a popular author of classic mysteries that several of her books were adapted for television and film.
- Amelia Peabody Series – The Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters combine Victorian-era Egyptology with plenty of mystery and adventure.
- British Mystery Authors – Read about Britain’s top classic mystery and detective authors.
- Contemporary Mysteries – Read brief reviews about some of today’s contemporary mystery fiction.
- Modern Mystery Authors – Look up information about current mystery authors in a comprehensive online database.
- Online Reads – Browse some of the best-known names in mystery fiction and read their works online.
- Popular Mysteries – Look through ratings and reader reviews of some of the most popular mystery novels.
- John Grisham – Consistently appearing on bestseller lists, John Grisham has written several legal mystery thrillers.
- Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew is a detective character in a series of children’s mystery books that have shared numerous authors since its start in the late 1920s.
- Selected Mystery Fiction – Read reviews of several popular mystery novels written during the last two decades.
- Upcoming Mysteries – Find out about recently published or soon to be released mystery novels.
- Genres of Mystery – Learn about the various sub-genres of mystery literature, with reading suggestions in each one.
Film and Television
- Current Mystery TV Shows – The television channel, PBS, has an entire selection of programming dedicated to mystery shows and films.
- Mystery Films Through Time – Find the top mystery movies throughout each decade since the beginning of the 20th century.
- CSI: Miami – View episode guides, trailers, and recaps for each season of the hit TV show, CSI: Miami.
- Foyle’s War – Foyle’s War is a historical mystery drama show that takes place during World War II.
- Gosford Park – Robert Altman’s Gosford Park is a classic murder-mystery film that is set in Britain in 1932.
- Midsomer Murders – Originally airing in 1997, the TV show, Midsomer Murders, has gone on to be hugely popular.
- Top 10 Mystery Films – The American Film Institute released a list of some of the most loved mystery movies.
- Classic Mystery Films – Look through a selection of mystery classics for ideas on what to watch.
- Black and White Mysteries – Watch old black and white mystery films that are now in the public domain.
- Poirot – Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian detective appears in a number of films and even had his own television show!
- The X-Files – The famous television show, The X-Files, created mysteries out of science fiction. Later, it was also made into a film.
- Perry Mason – Perry Mason was a popular and long-running mystery series based around legal drama.
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Named for the its famous host, this television show features mysteries that combine suspense and drama.
- Famous Mystery Movies – View a listing and reviews of some of the top mystery films of our time.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – This recent film, based on the trilogy novels by author Stieg Larsson, has garnered rave reviews worldwide.
- Magna cum Murder – A crime fiction festival runs every year with several bestselling authors featured as special guests and speakers.
- Murder Mystery Dinners – For a fun night out, view a theatrical murder mystery show over a three course dinner.
- Bouchercon – Named after the famous author, Bouchercon is an international mystery convention held in a different U.S. city each year.
- Left Coast Crime – This convention is geared exclusively towards the mystery genre, for authors and fans alike.
- The Edgars – The Edgars is an awards ceremony for authors in the mystery genre.
- Murder Mystery Events – Pick from a large selection of murder mystery entertainment events, including dinners, corporate events and children’s parties.
- DIY Murder Mystery Party – Look through numerous resources to learn how to host your own murder mystery dinner or a full party.
- Murder on the Menu – Enjoy a murder mystery event with themes and games.
- Mystery Cruises – Embark on a cruise that also involves a murder mystery among the guests on board the ship.
- Murder Mystery Vacations – Book a vacation on a cruise or a resort with some deliciously mysterious entertainment.